Activists seek answers in Trinidad turtle tragedy

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 2:57 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A conservation group in Trinidad & Tobago is calling for an investigation into how government work crews crushed leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings on a prime nesting beach.

The endangered species' eggs and hatchlings were crushed by heavy machinery as workers redirected a shifting river over the weekend.

Trinidad's Papa Bois Conservation group says the government allowed the crew to operate "without any qualified supervision" on the ecologically sensitive Grand Riviere beach where the massive turtles nest.

The group said Tuesday it is "important to investigate how this was allowed to happen and to find a solution so this won't reoccur in the future."

A Tuesday call to the CEO of Trinidad's Environmental Management Authority rang unanswered.

Local conservationists say they saw thousands of crushed leatherback eggs on the beach.